GoodYear

GoodYear

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Mad happy ska punk with bouncy organs, staccato guitars and basslines that make you want to move. High energy live show, intelligent lyrics. Punk rock for the rest of us.

Biography

Punk rock revivalists in style, Portland’s GoodYear have been in a state of perpetual change since they officially formed in the spring of 2003. Initially the teenage fantasy of high school friends Michael Schuster and Jonathan Harn, GoodYear finally became a reality with the addition of friends and former co-workers Aaron Mattern and Mike Iannantuano. Joined by another high school friend on drums, the four recorded a twelve song demo that summer which highlighted Schuster’s poetically positive lyrics and often manic delivery with Iannantuano and Harn sharing guitar duties and Mattern on bass.

The group then began the search for a full time drummer, though after several frustrating months, Mattern announced that the search was off and that he would just learn to play the drums himself. Iannantuano then shifted from guitar to bass and they began practicing. A lot. After months of working together in their basement, they began gigging and shortly thereafter released an EP, 2004’s ‘…In Under Ten Minutes’. In the spirit of experimentation, the band enlisted help from another old friend, local indie songwriter and pianist Bryan Free, to polish off the EP with some clever keyboard arrangements.

Invigorated by the depth of sound the keys provided on the EP, GoodYear sought to add a keyboard player to the band. They didn’t have to look to far when they ran into Theo Brown, another musician friend, at a bar one evening. Theo had recently become available after having played keyboards in the futuristic dance band Euromotion, and was soon asked to become a permanent member of GoodYear.

Now officially a five piece band as of November 2005, GoodYear has never sounded better! Their unique blend of breakneck rhythms, ska-influenced staccato guitars, bouncy basslines and warm keyboard funk all serve as the catalyst for lyricist Mike Schuster’s apparent on stage self-exorcism. Their fun, often funny and always high energy rock shows bring to mind a more hopeful time of when, as Northwest author and rock enthusiast Matt Love fondly put it “The Clash met malt liquor and young people believed in change”.

Lyrics

Stumptown

Written By: Michael Schuster

Even a bird’s blood is made light
As if everything about it were designed for flight
Most of my friends (when they find a place they like) they stick around
Migrated here on highways along the ground

Hanging out, going nowhere
Creating something
We like our place here
And no matter how far I manage to go
I come back to the city I know

I’m going back down, back down to Stumptown
I’m going back down, back down to Stumptown

Some say my town might not amount to anything
But that’s not the feeling I get when
the rain is pouring and the birds still sing
So if you’re hip and bored on second and Burnside
There’s like fifteen clubs real near
And at the door you can check your pride

Hanging out, going nowhere
Creating something
We like our place here
And no matter how far I manage to go
I come back to the city I know

I’m going back down, back down to Stumptown
I’m going back down, back down to Stumptown

Amy Marino

Written By: Michael Schuster

The first time I saw her I was too young to say anything
Just a child really, still there was a feeling
That what I knew was about to change everything

Amy Marino, where did you go?

Now eighteen years have passed
Haven’t seen her since then
But I’ve been told
I had what men have sold their souls for
And I want to see her again

Amy Marino, where did you go?

NW Riot Patrol

Written By: Michael Schuster

Going home passing out tonight
I know I should ‘cause my head’s not right,
But I’ll wake up, remember what I did.
Hazy memories coming dirty, coming back to me

What did I do, what did I do?
What did I do, what did I do?

Now memory is coming back to me,
Chattering teeth, fifth cup of coffee.
What happened to responsibility?
Direction is dead and gone

What did I do, what did I do?
What did I do, what did I do?

Rum and coke, rum and coke, another rum and coke
My visions fading and my conscience, soaked.
And like a Millwall Brick feels good in hand,
It’s time to stand up, time to be a man.

What did I do, what did I do?
What did I do, what did I do?

No one saw what was coming
When those fucking cops went running.
No one saw the brick in my hand
So I threw the motherfucker as far as I can.
I don’t know just where it fell
And I guess it’s just as well because..

Discography

-GoodYear...In Under Ten Minutes (EP) 2005

-'We're Ok' from ...In Under Ten Minues featured on Skratch Magazine's 2005 Warped Tour Compilation

-Preoccupied (Release date: 3.25.06)

Set List

Sets typically range from 40-55 minutes, depending on the time alotted, and are primarily originals (though two to three covers are generally played per show). While song order differs from show to show, these songs are played most frequently:

Northwest Riot Patrol*
Knee Jerk*
The Country Song*
Amy Marino*
The Self*
Sound System+
Crack Boom!*
The Girl With The Checkmark On Her Tongue*
Good Year*
Radio Radio+
Mama's Well*
Wrongful Suspicion*
We're Ok*
Say Anything+
Keep It Up*
24th & Nicolai*
Transistor Radio*
Police On My Back+
What About Andrew?*
Stumptown*

Songs marked with a * indicate original material.
Songs marked with a + indicate cover songs.